Learn a little about the tiny principality of Andorra, and enjoy our collecton of flag printables with the kids.
Mountains of Andorra
- Andorra lies in the Pyrenees, between France and Spain.
- It is one of Europe’s most mountainous countries. The lowest place is 840 metres above sea level, rising to the snow capped Coma Pedrosa at 2496 metres, which is reached by a cable car.
- Reputedly founded by Charlemagne in 805 AD as reward for fighting the Saracens, Andorra has been ruled as a co-principality by the Bishop of Ugell and the Count of Foix since 1278. The latter title now belongs to the President of France.
- A democratic parliament was established in 1993, giving the country a unique political structure.
- The small population of 80,000 is boosted by around 8 million tourists who come for the sun, clean air, winter sports and tax free shopping.
- The two main ski resorts of Grandvalira and Vallnord have over 300 km of snowy slopes.
- Caldea is the biggest spa in Southern Europe, covering 30,000 square metres. Situated 1,100 metres above sea level, thermal spring water is used in a variety of health treatments.
- Local Andorrans speak Catalan, although Spanish and French are also understood.